The Diocese of Grand Rapids has received word that Rev. Louis Baudone died on May 18, 2024 at age 93 in West Paris, Maine.

He was incardinated in the Diocese of Grand Rapids by Bishop Joseph Breitenbeck on July 31, 1972. Father Baudone served in the Diocese at the parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Grand Rapids; St. Mary-St. Paul, Big Rapids; Sacred Heart, Muskegon Heights; Basilica of Saint Adalbert, Grand Rapids; St. Patrick, Portland; St. Edward, Lake Odessa; St. Bernadette of Lourdes, Stanton; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Edmore; and St. Gregory, Hart.

Since 2002, he had led a life of prayer and penance in accordance with the Essential Norms of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or another representative of the Church are urged to contact local law enforcement and the Michigan Attorney General’s office which can be reached at 844-324-3374. Individuals may also contact the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator at 616-840-2079 or by email at For additional information, visit the report abuse page of our website.